The trip is continues on from the previous two pre-seasons where Arsenal traveled to Asia, a trip considered highly successful albeit mainly from a publicity stand-point.
It has also been confirmed that Arsenal are looking for further fixtures in Asia for pre-season to further consolidate their brand name in the Far East.
Arsenal’s chief commercial officer Tom Fox is quoted as saying by Arsenal.com:
Everyone at Arsenal, the players, Arsène Wenger and all the backroom staff are looking forward to coming to Indonesia after 30 years away.
We know that Arsenal enjoys fantastic support in Indonesia, with over 1.3 million fans connected to us by Facebook alone, and we look forward to giving our loyal fans the chance to see their heroes in action.
We are also looking forward to learning more about the country’s rich culture and history.
The news doesn’t come as much of a surprise given that Gazidis announced that the fixture was on the cards back in November, but no doubt there will be a great buzz around Indonesia for the opportunity to see some of the stars of the Arsenal team.
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I am hopeful that the pre-season matches, including the one in Indonesia, provide a good test for Arsenal given the three matches last pre-season were certainly no walk-over.
Personally I was wishing that Arsenal could square up against old foes Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka at Shanghai Shenua as a true test to our defence, but with Drogba having already permanently left I feel the chance of seeing Anelka back at Shenua in the summer is quite low.
It will also be interesting to see how far the likes of Ryo, Eisfield and Gnabry have gotten in their development. No doubt they will be given their chance in the Far East!